Chance for Rangnick to show his worth

The biggest match of the third round of this season’s FA Cup is on Tuesday (3.55am) when Manchester United hosts Aston Villa.

The match will go ahead despite a surge in Covid-19 cases in England that has seen several postponements in the Premier League and League Cup semifinals.

To ease fixture congestion, there are no replays for the third- and fourth-round of this season’s FA Cup.

United and Villa have suffered positive Covid-19 cases in recent times but should have most of their players back for this one.

The FA Cup represents United’s new boss Ralf Rangnick chance to stamp his authority after several indifferent performances, including the recent midweek loss to Wolves.

There are also rumours of up to 17 players wanting the leave the club, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

United is seventh in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but with a match in hand.

Sixth-placed Tottenham is two points ahead, having played a game less.

Aston Villa welcomes back manager Steven Gerrard, who tested positive for Covid-19 late last month.

The former Liverpool captain has a good record in the tournament and will look to oust his former team’s bitter rival.

Elsewhere, defending champion Leicester welcomes Watford tomorrow (11pm) while Manchester City travels to Swindon tomorrow morning (4am).